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12 killed, 18 others injured in Poonch road accident

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At least 12 passengers died and eighteen others were injured, four of them critically, in a road accident in Mandi tehsil of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

An official said that a passenger bus (registration number JK02W0445) heading towards Poonch from Loran skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Plera around 9:15 am.

He said that at least eleven persons travelling on the bus died in the accident while nineteen others were injured.

The injured were shifted to sub-district hospital Mandi for treatment.

Block Medical Officer Poonch Syed Mushtaq Hussain said eleven persons died in the accident. “19 passengers were injured in the accident. Five critically injured patients were referred to district hospital Poonch for specialised treatment,” he said.

An official at district hospital Poonch told voice of valley that the driver of the vehicle who was critically injured in the accident succumbed at the facility, taking the death toll to 12.

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